SOLGM is delighted to announce a three-year Principal Partner sponsorship with BERL, a leading provider of a broad range of economic research, analysis, advice and consultancy for business enterprises, organisations, iwi, institutions, community groups, industry associations and public sector clients.

BERL has been a long time partner of SOLGM having already sponsored and spoken at a number of SOLGM events, in particular the Annual Summit and Gala Dinner. Chief Economist of BERL, Dr Ganesh Nana has for a number of years been a very popular speaker at the Annual Summit. Ganesh and his team also deliver the popular annual BERL/SOLGM Cost Adjustors as well as providing professional advice to SOLGM and the sector.

SOLGM CEO Karen Thomas says "We are so delighted BERL has partnered with us as a Principal Sponsor. There's a very strong alignment between our two organisations' commitment to improving the lives of New Zealanders and we look forward to continuing to work together."

Dr Nana said "The BERL team are excited to build on our many relationships across the local government sector. Along with our economic development expertise, we bring to the table a strong understanding of the unique role of Māori enterprise. We look forward to concerted mahi with SOLGM in supporting the current and future wellbeing of our communities."

BERL joins our other Principal Partners - Simpson Grierson, Civic Financial Services, PwC and JLT.